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Madama Butterfly – 1/30 at 7PM





Everyone may sing chorus music.


This Saturday, January 30, 7PM
in upper Manhattan’s Inwood


Student under 18=$0, Student 18+ w/ID=$25, Adult=$35, VIP Guest=$100
Singers: Buy 2 get 1 free; buy 3 get 2 free; buy 4 get 3 free, etc.
Artist Biographies: listed below
Time: Downbeats are at 7PM; suggested arrival is 6:40-6:55PM.
Location: 600 W218th Street/33 Indian Road, 1G, NY, NY 10034.
Dress: EXTEME casual.
Parking: (closest first 3976 10th Ave, 5051 Brdwy, 210 Sherman Ave, 433 W 218th St, 270 Dyckman St, 3896 10th Ave, 4055 10th Ave, 31 Nagle Ave, 171 W 230th St.

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A train to 207 or 1 train to 215


Plot Summary

Jay Meetze, Conductor
Jesse Pieper, Pianist
Danielle Elizabeth Davis, Cio-Cio San
Byron Singleton, Pinkerton
Mary Brown Bonacci, Suzuki
Scott Lindroth, Sharpless
David Charles Tay, Goro
Jason Buckwalter, Yamadori/The Imperial Commissioner
Paul Goodwin-Groen, Bonze
Jay Chacon, Yakuside
Mark Cotton, Official Registrar
Sonya Rice, K. Pinkerton
Kristin Starkey, The Mother
Charlotte Detrick, The cousin
Eilin O’Dea, Aunt


Pinkerton: David Charles Tay
Suzuki: Kristin Starkey
Sharpless: Jay Chacon, Mark Cotton
Goro: Korland Simmons
K. Pinkerton: Britany Cusack, Rachel Hippert, Elin O’Dea,
Shawn Palmer, Tanya C. Roberts, Emily Suuberg


Mary Brown Bonacci is an active artist in Southern New England, Boston and New York. Her operatic roles include Carmen, Regina, Mary Stone, Buttercup, Zita, Principessa, and roles in opera for young audiences for Kansas City Lyric Opera. She has appeared in New York with the EnCanta Collective (Christmas Rose), in Boston with Revolutionary Voices (The Mother) and in New England as guest artist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony (Elegy for JFK/Dido’s Lament) and with the Hampshire Choral Society (Vaughan Williams Cambridge Mass, Bach B minor Mass, Mendelssohn Paulus). She appears as Mother in the PBS video release of The Wise Women by Conrad Susa, and in collaboration with violist Joel Lipton in Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge. Dr. Brown Bonacci serves on faculty at Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts.

Baltimore based baritone, Jason Buckwalter has been praised for his theatrical fire and tour de force singing.  He performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with companies such as the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the Annapolis Chorale.  Jason can be seen later this spring as Wagner in Faust with Annapolis Opera and the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Harrisburg Choral Society.

Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix AZ, currently residing in NYC. Recently with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Jay sang Ping in Turandot. The summer of 2015 was very productive for Jay where he sang Inkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Figaros in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and Opera Company of Brooklyn, respectively.  This coming May, Jay will be covering Schaunard in La Bohéme with Saint Petersburg Opera. Jay has also performed with Utopia Opera, Austin Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera St. Louis.

Mark Cotton possesses a strong, ringing voice and a stage presence that brings his characters to life with great dramatic range. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in more than 28 roles including Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Germont in La Traviata, Valentin  in  Faust,  Belcore  in  L’elisir  d’amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Malatesta  in  Don  Pasquale,  Figaro  in  Le  Nozze  di Figaro, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, to name a few. He has also performed extensive oratorio repertoire to much acclaim. Works include Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem.

Soprano Danielle Davis, noted for her “high pure notes” that she “delivers with power and sustainability”, recently gave a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall. Roles include Giorghetta (Il Tabarro), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Title Role (Suor Angelica), & Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), amongst others. Danielle has sung in notable venues internationally, & has a number of awards. She has worked with such namely artists as Jeanine Altmeyer, Peter Mark, Ricky Ian Gordon, Linda Watson, & Elizabeth Hagedorn. Davis appeared as a Guest Artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival & with The Metropolitan Opera Guild.

Charlotte Detrick sang as an Associate Chorister with the now-defunct New York City Opera. With NYCO she also toured Japan and appeared in an Emmy award-winning “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast of Madama Butterfly. Recent solo credits include Marguerite in Faust (Hudson Opera Theatre), Nedda in Pagliacci (Opera 691), the title role in Countess Maritza and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (Liederkranz Opera Theatre) as well as Clorinde in La Cenerentola at the Belleayre Festival and on tour with the Jacksonville Lyric Opera.

Bass Paul Goodwin-Groen has sung in the UK at the Royal Opera House, with the Royal Ballet, London Lyric Opera, Garsington Opera and at the Aldeburgh Festival. In Australia he has performed with Pacific Opera, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera and at the Sydney Opera House. He has also performed in Germany and at the Macau International Music Festival. In New York, he was in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohéme on Broadway, sang with the Bronx Opera and is very pleased to return to the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

Soprano Rachel Anne Hippert has recently performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn (“Elettra” in Mozart’s Idomeneo), the New York Opera Exchange (“Fiordiligi” in Così fan tutte), and the New York Evangelic Choir (“Mother” in Amahl and the Night Visitors). In concert, Ms. Hippert has performed twice in collaboration with the Schiller Institute and the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She also recently made her NYC recital debut at Middle Collegiate Church last November, and serves as the resident soprano soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus.  Ms. Hippert earned her B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, is an alumna of Ann Baltz’s Operaworks Advanced Artist Program, Sherril Milnes’ V.O.I.C.Experience!, and Simon Estes’ Young Artist Performance Program. She studies with Metropolitan Opera tenor Dr. Dana Tally.

Opera News, reviewing Scott Lindroth (baritone) as Valentin in Faust, described him as “sonorous” and possessing a “pleasant baritone that made his aria a highlight”. His roles also include Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia/Amore Opera), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos/Dell’arte Opera), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore/Garden State Opera), Masetto (Don Giovanni/Bronx Opera), Marcello (La Bohème), Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte/Prelude to Performance). He has appeared as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens. In competition, he placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition, and was a finalist in the Liederkranz Vocal Competition.

Hailed by Opera News for displaying “a fine natural tenor that remained sonorous through the range….”, Peruvian-born tenor Percy Martinez is known for the power, beauty, and elegance of his singing, as well as a commanding stage presence.  His recent debut as Samson earned him critical and popular acclaim for his use of “powerful vocalism to guide the drama”, in which “his diction and legato were exemplary.” Mr. Martinez has performed leading roles in La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Aida, La Forza del Destino, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, I Pagliacci, Faust, Idomeneo, and Samson et Dalila. Mr. Martinez holds Performance and Teaching Diplomas from the Accademia Internazionale de Canto in Pesaro, Italy, and a Performance Diploma from the Accademia Del Teatro, Cagli, Italy.

Shauna McCarthy has performed with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The DiMenna Center, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Karlovy Vařy Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Opera House, Opera Aegean-MidAmerica Productions, New York Lyric Opera, Altamura Music Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Her roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Violetta (La traviata), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Gilda (Rigoletto), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Title Role (Manon), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Marguerite (Faust), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Musetta (La bohème), and upcoming, Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow).

Maestro Jay Meetze is Opera Company of Brooklyn’s Founder, Artistic & Music Director is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances and leadership,” Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News. “Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze.” American Record Guide. Meetze graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in vocal music education and received a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship.

Mezzo-soprano Shawn Palmer has been on stage in various forms since she was three years old. She began in ballet and progressed through musical theater and straight theater before joining the Connecticut Lyric Opera. Career highlights include creating the title role in the children’s opera Mambo (world premier in March 2015); being invited to reprise Ravel’s cycle “Sheherazade,” first performed in her Master’s recital,  in May 2015; and singing Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the New York Opera Theater.

Jestin Pieper is currently a working pianist in New York City. During the past year a few highlights include soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway, assistant conductor for a world premier at the Theater for the New City. Musical director for Dido and Aneas and was a featured artist in the 2015 season of the Crystal Theatre in Michigan. Jestin also teaches at Long Island City Academy of music. Jestin holds a BM magna cum laude from Lawrence University and an MM from the Butler School of Music at UT Austin. Jestin is happy to be back as pianist for Opera Company of Brooklyn.

Sonya Rice has lived and performed on three continents and is currently based in New York. Recent engagements include: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and the leading role Anat in Thomas Lawrence Toscano’s Made in America: The Interview, a role which was written specifically for her. Ms. Rice’s previous engagements included coloratura repertoire such as: Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucy in The Telephone, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. She looks forward to singing with Opera Company of Brooklyn this season.

TANYA C. ROBERTS, soprano, has performed over 45 roles throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East, including engagements with Edmonton Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Lyrique-en-Mer Festival de Belle-Île, Ohio Light Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Tel Aviv Vocal Arts Festival.  2015/16 highlights include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Lilli (Kiss Me, Kate), and Gabrielle (La vie parisienne).  Tanya made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the Soprano I cover in Bach’s Mass in b minor.  Tanya is a native of Toronto and a graduate of McGill University.

Korland Simmons, tenor is a recent transplant to the NY/NJ area.   Recent operatic engagements include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio/Curzio) and Hiram Titus’ Rosina (Mendoza) with Dell’ Arte Opera Ensemble; New York City Opera/BAM co-production of “Anna Nicole: The Opera”; Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (Remus); La Boheme (Rodolfo) and Trouble in Tahiti (Tenor/Trio).  As well, he has covered roles in Offenbach’s La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein (Baron Puck) and Hindemith’s Cardillac (Kavalier). His oratorio credits include a number of works including the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat in D.  As a frequent interpreter of new works, he has premiered Shawn Jaeger’s The Generals, Richard Webster’s Empathy, and sang the role of Conrad in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Goose Girl.  Korland currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and studies with Neil Semer.

Byron Singleton most recently sang Cavaradossi in Tosca with MORE Opera conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola,  the title role in “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” with Vocal Productions NYC,  Ismaele in “Nabucco” and Canio in “I Pagliacci” with Opera Company of Brooklyn.  He also made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in a concert featuring the music of Bernstein and Sondheim. Other career highlights include Manrico in Vera Musica Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore”,  Rodolfo in “La Boheme with the Crotan Symphony, Tenor Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Foresto in Attila with Empire Opera and Riccardo in “Un Ballo in Maschera” at Symphony Space and  Der Steuermann in “Der Fliegende Hollander” with the United Nations Orchestra.Over the past six seasons he has sung in eleven productions at the Metropolitan Opera (chorus).

Mezzo Kristin Starkey is currently working towards her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at Stony Brook University. She has recently been seen as La Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Grimgerde (Die Walkure) with New York Lyric Opera, and as a featured soloist with One World Symphony singing Field of the Dead. Repertoire includes roles as Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mrs. Grose (Turn of the Screw), Dalila, Carmen, Cenerentola, Octavian, La Voix, Third Lady, and Arsamene, Musette (Leoncavallo), Hermia, and Dorabella. Upcoming roles include: Il Tebro (O come chiare e belle) with Stony Brook Opera and Erda, Myrtale, and La Cieca with OCB.

Emily Suuberg, Soprano Manhattanville College ’14. BA in Music (Voice). Student of soprano Faith Esham. Opera: Classical Singing and New York, New York Lyric Opera Theatre Young Artist Program (2014), Papagena,The Magic Flute; Sandman, Hansel and Gretel (Manhattanville Opera Scenes),Amahl and the Night Visitors (Greater Worcester Opera Works). Musical Theater: Yente/Fruma Sarah,Fiddler on the Roof (Priscilla Beach Theater), Amalia,She Loves Me; Anne, A Little Night Music(Manhattanville College). Other: Guest Soloist, The Priests US Tour (2015). Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Thrilled to join OCB!

Tenor David Charles Tay did his undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Neil Rosenshein. He went on to complete for his Graduate studies at the New England Conservatory with Lorraine Nubar. Tay sang the role of Lindoro in the US premiere of Nina, o sia la pazza per amore by G. Paisillo in 2011. Since then, he has performed Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Fritz Kobus L’amico Fritz, Peter Quint inTurn of the Screw, Harlequin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, and Mozart roles such as Don Ottavio and Tamino. He has also enjoyed performing in operetta, singing Piquillo in La périchole and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.


Founded in 2000 and covered by Good Morning America, MythBusters, NPR, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Post & Daily News, OCB’s Grammy-nominated CD was named “Critic’s Choice” and “Best of the year” by Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News Magazine. Subscribe on YouTube @operabrooklyn1.


According to CNN, “Maestro Jay Meetze makes opera accessible.” His vision on Jeopardy quiz show is to reach “nontraditional” patrons; his work made German Public TV, Life Magazine and six books. Artists who know & support his work: Martina Arroyo, Carlisle Floyd, Itzhak Perlman, Frederica Von Stade and Francesca Zambello.


Fundada en 2000 y cubierto por Good Morning America, MythBusters, NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Post y Daily News, CD nominado al Grammy. OCB fue nombrado “Elección de la Crítica” y “Mejor del Año” por la revista Opera News de la Metropolitan Opera. Suscríbete en YouTube @ operabrooklyn1.


Según la CNN, ” Maestro Jay Meetze hace ópera accesible.” Su visión en el concurso Jeopardy es para llegar a los clientes “no tradicionales”; sus obras se han visto en  TV Pública Alemana, la revista Life y seis libros. Los artistas que conocen y apoyan su trabajo: Martina Arroyo, Carlisle Floyd, Itzhak Perlman, Frederica Von Stade y Francesca Zambello.

According to Jay Meetze, OCB’s founder, artistic and music director,”We love and respect the generous, noble and selfless actions displayed by our newest patrons and look forward to sharing our music with all those who come to our affordable and unique opera.”  All donations are tax-deductible.

Many kind thanks to Brooklyn native, Nicole Sweedler Metzner for gifting her Ebony 1930’s Art Deco Baldwin Grand Piano, with papers to confirm identification, style, factory number and appraise for $45,000. (Real Ivory Keys, mint condition)

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